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Six members of Alternative School Break Club will head to Washington, D.C. over fall break to help alleviate hunger.

They will work with The Pilgrimage, an educational service learning center and hostel affiliated with Presbyterian Church USA, and Food & Friends, an organization that meets the daily nutritional needs of people living with HIV/AIDS, their families, and caregivers in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

“This program introduces students to people who lead lives very different than their own,” says Kate Wick, intern at the Landis Community Outreach Center. “The program provides students with a distinctive opportunity to interact with teammates, community members, and those who receive their services. It is an atypical learning experience that takes place in an atypical setting.”

The six students participating in the project are: Stephanie Regan ’03, a history major from Lavallette, N.J; Catriona Mhairi Duncanson ’03, an A.B. engineering major from Basking Ridge, N.J.; Crystal Taylor ’03, a math major from Hyattsville, Md.; Suzanne Metzger ’03, an economics and business major from Fair Lawn, N.J.; Kathryn Lambert ’03, a psychology major from Reston, Va.; and Victor Mrosso ’04, an economics and business major from Fairway, Kan. Gladstone Hutchinson, dean of studies, will accompany them.

Each student will assume a leadership role while on the trip, which spans from Oct. 11-15. Regan will serve as team leader. Duncanson, as scribe, will take minutes and record service hours and other general information. Taylor, deemed the cultural guru, is responsible for briefing team members on cultural issues and the dynamic of agencies that the group will be serving. Suzanne Metzger will function as fundraising chair, Mrosso will maintain financial records as treasurer, and Lambert will serve as team builder.

To make financial provisions for the trip, the group discussed a number of fundraising activities this summer, including a lollipop sale that already has begun.

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